Category Archives: Cuisine

The Hanoi street food scene

  As you attempt the navigate the sidewalks of Hanoi, you are constantly bypassing or walking through one of the thousands of street food stalls, with patrons spilling out onto the narrow sidewalks. Street food is a slight misnomer, as … Continue reading

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Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls

There was a distinct lightness to everything I cooked at the Saigon Cooking School. Fresh herbs, paper thin rice paper, clear coconut water – it could have easily been billed as a healthy cooking class. We started with fresh spring … Continue reading

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Cambodian coconut curry

Khmer food has a gentle sweetness and soft spice to it. Like the culture in this beautiful country, it is friendly and accessible on the surface but also complex and multi-faceted. Coconut cream, fish sauce, palm sugar, and lemongrass feature … Continue reading

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Better late than never: Christmas in Cambodia

I had expected to be amazed by the temples of Angkor, and I was. What I hadn't realized was just how wonderfully hospitable the Cambodian people are, how charming Siem Reap is, and how delicious Khmer food can be. In … Continue reading

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Coconut soup and other delicious discoveries in Chiang Mai

For some reason, I’ve never ordered coconut milk soup before. It always looked heavy to me and the temptation of noodles and stir fry would lure me in first. No longer. I learned to make chicken in coconut milk soup … Continue reading

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A love affair with green curry

I came for the pad thai but I left with an abiding love of green curry. My day with “A Lot of Thai” was exactly that – six dishes later, the only thing I could possibly be expected to do … Continue reading

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Dim Sum for dinner, Char Kway Teow for dessert

I only have to wander a block away from my hotel on Cintra street to be in the midst of Chinese shophouses, tailors, and preserved food stores. After attempting to get measured for a bridesmaid dress by a Chinese seamstress, … Continue reading

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Traditional Malay cooking

Nazlina is the kind of person you want to be friends with. As we sat down for an early breakfast of roti canai and chatted about potential menu items for the day, it felt like we were planning a dinner … Continue reading

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Nyonya cuisine in Penang, Malaysia

Nyonya cuisine is famous across Malaysia, but particularly in Penang. Nyonya refers to the descendants of the original Chinese traders who came to Malaysia in the sixteenth century. These early Chinese immigrants brought their traditional Hokkien recipes but often couldn’t … Continue reading

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The. Best. Day. Of. Eating. Ever.

Over five hours, seven people ate twenty dishes at five restaurants for a total of $60 USD. $3 a dish or $9 a person. And each dish was absolutely phenomenal. I’m spending the weekend with friends in Kuala Lumpur and … Continue reading

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